Today's three (yes, three!) fantastic additions to the 12 Days of Gaming all come from the amazing Djeco; a company whose games are known and played across the globe. Read on for some great family fun games!
Those pesky mosquitos! In this game of speed and observation, your aim is to win as many lady bird tokens as possible. You'll succeed if you're fast enough.... This great little game is suitable from age 5 and up for 2 to 4 players and will take around 15 minutes for a game. It looks great and is really simple to pick up and play. So, what's in the box and how does it play?
We love the colourful game box and contents which are really rather cute! Inside the box, you'll get 48 game cards which feature images of the figures used in the game in their natural habitat! (Well, mostly...) You'll also recieve one flower, mosquito and apple figure, and 4 bee figures. As well as these, there are also 25 ladybird tokens which you need to collect in order to win the game.
The playing cards and game pieces are very beautiful. The game concept is easy and fun for everyone to play!
- Amazon Customer review
The set-up is very simple; the flower, mosquito and apple figures are placed in the middle and all cards are distributed to the players which are then placed face down in front of each player. Each player also receives a bee figure (which will be useful for the game...) and a ladybird token.
Players now turn over the first card in their pile simultaneously. Depending on the card that is revealed, players must do one of the following:
- Tap the Mosquito
- Put their Bee on the Flower
- Catch the Apple
If there is no card in common, nothing happens. The fastest player for each of these actions receives a Ladybird token. If a player doesn't make the action quick enough, they have to give up a Ladybird token! The first player to 5 tokens wins the game.
You need to be very fast at this game and we love how it can improve your physical reflexes and coordination! A great family game that will test your memory and also make you realise that insects can be rather fun...
Bla Bla Bla
Here comes a game of word association and stories! Our second choice from Djeco brings a considerable amount humour and discussion than your usual card game and it's one we would definitely recommend! With three different types of gameplay and an infinite number of possibilities, this game is definitely one to look at.
To play the game, you'll need to have a spare 20 minutes and be at least 7 years of age. It's also suitable for 3 to 5 players, which is definitely enough for a few laughs at the same time. Inside the box, there are a whopping 240 cards with some ace artwork, including animals, places, things, you name it! The is also a quirky little die in there too which determines which of the three gameplay types you'll play in that round.
Djeco games introduce new concepts in a simple and fun way... it's learning that's fun!
- The Toy Factory
The aim of the game is to collect the most cards. Players must decide at the beginning of the game whether the game is stopped after a certain length of time or when the maximum number of cards is reached. Each player receives 5 cards and the rest remains in a pile. The game can now begin!
The first player rolls the die to find out which game they'll be playing that round. This could be either:
- Card Association - players must associate one of their cards with a card that is overturned by the judge.
- Storyline - players select 2 cards from their hand to create a story with the card turned over by the judge. Or;
- Chinese Portrait - players choose the card from their hand that best represents themselves!
This great game encourages discussion, creativity and quick thinking from all players. We love the variety of gameplay in the fact that there are three very different yet very fun alternatives which are selected by using the die.
The final game we chose from Djeco is hilarious for the youngsters and very silly indeed! A game of observation and speed, this delightful addition is sure to put a smile on anyone's face, and it's a little trickier than it first seems! It definitely looks appealing however and would be a great one to add to any gaming collection. What sound would these peculiar animals make?!
This simple yet brilliant game is a quick 10 minute one for 2 to 4 players and your aim is to win the most cards. There are 24 cards and 24 tiles which are split into heads and bodies; the game will create random 'half and half' animals for you to giggle at!
They create fun, interesting and magical games and toys which stimulate your child's imagination.
- Bird Kids.co.uk
To play the game, head cards are placed randomly above a set of body cards. After you've had a few laughs at how they look, it's time to get serious...(ish) Let's play!
Players take it in turn to draw a body card and place it down for the others to see. The race is then on! Players have to be the quickest to identify the animal on the table with the matching body to what has been drawn. If that's not enough pressure, players then have to be the first to imitate the noise of the animals head! Phew! The fastest player to make the correct animal cry gains the card as a 'point'. The player with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner!
What a brilliantly fun little game, which encourages quick thinking and presents it in such an enjoyable way for all.
I'm sure you'll agree that today's three picks from Djeco are definitely worth a look. Make sure you keep a look out for a Djeco themed competition question on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!
Please note, we're NOT including the games from our 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.